Reebok Hockey’s social media accounts officially confirmed what we’ve been seeing over the last year or so: Reebok’s top hockey gear lines are moving to CCM. The Reebok RibCor sticks have turned into the CCM RibCor 40K, and more recently we’ve seen the release of the new CCM RibCor 50K skates. Now, it’s time for Reebok K-Series helmets to make the switch. The new line is called the CCM Fitlite and will feature the CCM Fitlite Helmet, the CCM FL80, the CCM FL60, and the CCM FL40. So, let’s take a look at the features of the new CCM Fitlite hockey helmet.
Last year I wrote a blog about socks, thinking that it was a once per employment blog topic. So here I am nearly a year later, eagerly (actually not sarcasm) about to write another sock blog. The sock that we’re taking a look at is the Swiftwick Cut-Resistant Comp Socks. Swiftwick designs and manufactures socks for a variety of sports ranging from running to skiing. Though you may not have heard of them prior to a few seconds ago, these socks have found their way into all 30 NHL locker rooms. Let’s take a look.
Swiftwick’s Cut-Resistant Socks set themselves apart from the competition by their light weight and low-profile fit. Hockey is already a dangerous sport without thinking about the fact that we are essentially skating with knives on our feet. The highest profile incident ocurred last year when Erik Karlsson took a skate blade to the achilles tendon, severing it for a season-long injury. Of course, there is also the Drew Miller skate-to-the-face incident last week. Swiftwick believes that players should focus on the game rather than sharp objects; also that this additional protection shouldn’t come at the cost of comfort and performance. Some other cut-resistant socks are known to be bulkier and heavier, meaning that there is a little less skate feel and a decrease in comfort. Swiftwick’s socks to an excellent job reducing the bulk for a thinner sock thanks to their HG fibers. Where some socks use Kevlar for cut-resistance, Swiftwick uses their HG fibers in the achilles and tibial tendon areas. You can see it in action here.
CCM’s next line of protective equipment launches in April and it’s going to see some pretty innovative technology! This is going to pick up where the Reebok KFS protective left off (yes, yet another Reebok line moving to CCM) and moving alongside the CCM RBZ protective. The new line will be the CCM Tacks protective, featuring the CCM Ultra Tacks as the top-of-the-line model for gloves, elbow pads, shin guards, shoulder pads, and ice pants. The biggest feature in the Ultra Tacks lineup is the introduction of D3O® smart foams.
D3O® produces smart foams for many different industries including medicine, law enforcement, and more. So why is it considered a smart foam? Artificial intelligence. Only kidding. That’s still a couple years out.At its normal state, the D30® particles flow freely and absorb low-force impacts. At this stage it’s soft and more or less flexible. Then, when it is hit with a high-energy impact, the particles immediately lock and the foam hardens. Read more…
Inline and Ice Warehouse are now carrying the new Warrior Dynasty protective gear! This series features four separate price points to choose from: AX1, AXLT, AX2 and AX3, with AX1 being the premier model and AX3 being the entry level model. Today, we’re going to be previewing the AXLT, their limited edition model that has a sick look and even better features that separate it from the rest. Read more…
Just over two years ago on June 25th 2012, Bauer made serious waves throughout the hockey market when they released the Bauer RE-AKT Helmet. It was the first of its kind, strategically designed to better protect players from the lesser known and less researched rotational energy impacts. Public opinion and feedback reassured them it was a huge success, so they immediately went back to the drawing board wanting to continue elevating the level of protection Bauer helmets can offer. Fast forward 24 months and the second generation of Bauer RE-AKT Helmets are here with a big statement to make.
Enter the Bauer RE-AKT 100 Hockey Helmet. It features an updated Suspend-Tech 2 System, an improved VTX Foam base liner, Seven+ Technology in the rear (from Cascade helmets) and a new Moisture-Management System that helps to keep sweat out of a player’s eyes. All in all, it’s quite a big design renovation on the previously most protective helmet Bauer had in their line-up.
For all of you CCM Crazy Light fanatics, CCM has done you one better and finally came out with their newest RBZ protective line. While they do have many similarities between the past and present lines, there are some key new features that really make the RBZ’s stand out and I’m sure you guys are interested in what they have to offer. All of their gear will include top to bottom pricing with the 90, 110, 130, 150 (SR. only) and the RBZ.
CCM’s product development team knew the strengths and weaknesses of their past gear releases so they needed to figure out what they can do to improve and be a competitive force in the hockey gear market. Looking at last year’s U+ lineup, there were definitely some things that could be improved on. They wanted to keep the same overall theme: gear for the crafty and agile player who needs to cut as much weight as possible. CCM kept their iconic Crazy Light U Foam on the flagship RBZ for shins, shoulders, elbows and ice pants, which shares the same properties as high-density foams that provide professional level protection. What separates it from the rest? It weighs a fraction of other foams, and on your protective gear, the foams make up most of the weight; by CCM’s studies, about 4 pounds of weight to be exact.